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Sustainable Development Comission becomes Executive Non-Departmental Public Body

2 February 2009

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that from 1 February the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) will become an executive non-departmental body (Executive NDPB).

The SDC will be registered with Companies House as a Company Limited by Guarantee, and registered with the Cabinet Office as an Executive NDPB. It will be wholly owned by Government.

As a separate legal entity the SDC will:

  • reinforce its remit as the UK Government’s sustainable development watchdog and advisor;
  • have more freedom to make decisions over staffing and finances;
  • continue to have a close working relationship with the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.

Previously the SDC was an advisory NDPB and its secretariat functioned as part of core Defra.

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